If you ask T.I. to give you some information about his upcoming reality show on VH1, he will not hesitate to correct you and let you know that that’s not what he’s working on at all.
“I don’t like to call it a reality show,” he told BOSSIP yesterday, “because I feel like that undermines the integrity of the project. What we’re shooting is a documentary that offers viewers an inside look at all of the different facets of my life, most importantly me as a man and a father.”
T.I. went on to explain that the new show, titled “Family Hustle” focuses much more on his family than it does him. While that may surprise T.I. fans who are used to him being fairly private when his children are concerned, he says that this wasn’t exactly his idea.
“This is what the family wanted to do,” T.I added. “One of my sons wants to be a rapper, so he wants to showcase his talents and put ‘em out there. My daughter [Tiny's oldest Zonnique] has the OMG Girlz and they’re doing really well. King wants to be an actor, my other daughter wants to sing. So they told me this is what they wanted to do, and I went out there and made it happen.”
The show is likely to capture another kind of family drama too. T.I. also revealed yesterday that while the most visible of his Grand Hustle artists are doing well – B.o.B. with his new #1 single “Strange Clouds,” Young Dro who recently released new music, and the OMG Girlz who are currently on the road with the Scream Tour – he isn’t “throwing the building” behind anyone until he sees what they’re really working with.
Up next for T.I. is a book tour in support of his new novel “Power & Beauty,” which hits stores on October 18.